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Muscle Shoals Baptist Association 



v. L 1850 



v. 11. 1888 



v. 2. 1854 



v. 12. 1891 



v. 3. 1855 



v. 13. 1892 



v.4. 1858 



v. 14. 1893 



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v. 5. 1859 



v.6. 1861 



v. 15. 1895 



v. 16. 1896 



v. 7. 1867 



v. 17. 1897 



v.S. 1871 



v. 18. 1898 



v. 9. 1885 



v. 10. 1887 




v. 19. 1899 



v. 20. 1900 






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JHBtontineiif of Commfl^^HH^^BjjH^ 

R«ti#&n; (Sj Be&awsed Ministere; 
• Finarice Committee; <fi) oh Nominations. 
Qfli for Report of B *d of •■Trustees of Koisth 

legiate Institute ant. Vorroal 8cft&©] at ville 
Caff for Report of Ex > utive^Bo&r<i 



Friday. tnoCT^b^f-Btehf iotii^erdfies, baif hour. 

Milcellatieoas*^!i^*ne^ .^^H^^IB^I B^^fl 

..Appoint ^ssengers t Corre^rjunding Bol3|^^^H^^^HH|^H 
t€»1J for Treasurers Report; " i - ' 

^ridt^^^rtdr-^oar'f of Minisreriai Rd#afio».-" r *-* 

Report; of Standing Committees in the order of &eir appointnient. 

Reports of other eV.Hjrofttees in their or-ier. 

Appoint time and jpiwee of ne: 

Mieoellaneoug Btiaines; 

Bead *he Mintiies, Call the Roll a©tf A$dwm, 









ji^Nex* session will le held wth JLebanpn Church, Morgan county, 
commencing on Thursday -before the fih^ ^fihath |n October, 1901. 



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ORDAINED MINISTERS >ND THEIR POST 0®=1GES. 



Akers, Solomon. tecatuf 

Blankenahip, J.,D So- fer\ ille 

Briscoe, Marion.. 'anville 

Briscoe, W. J ■IkwMe 

Bishop, 5:3 £ nemlfc 

Cobb*, W-T- ...... .~.Ne 1*ecatui 

iJhurchwell, J. J,...,;..... Moulton 

Dawson; £ D Tt a Creek 

David] F, C .'.. ' 'arteella 

jGhtnnj j Jackson. Tria it y 

Flood* J, M. New Deeatqr 

Ilembree, J. H ... Danville 

Johnson, T. H.. Hillsboro 

Hall, W. L '" irrtland 

Little. j^^HLC^ 

McClanaluta, jf.J$Z.~Jf£ 3-t-el!e 
.S^m. Vuirtland 



Perkins, J. A....... Lawrence's Cove 

Qu^^berrj, W. Y....New Deeatur 

Qninn, ft. L Mt, Hope 

.Roan, J. E ^omei ville 

Rie&by, J. L IOdmoud 

Shackelford, Joe Trinity 

Stephenson, K. D Danville 

Stockton, J. I... Jlimj^B 

Smith. W. G; W Falkviile 

Shoemaker, T. V Louisville 

, Wear, R* T-V.;..,.^.,....Mt. Hope 

Wear. L. A Danderpville 

Wear, L M: Landersvilie 

Weaver,: J. E..., v ..». v ..-.Somer»"ille 
Wade, J. T.,„...:,..:,..^;.._^Crow 

Wright, W 1- Soruerville 

Wright, X S..» l .> < .....;,.;.8omerviHe 



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MI NUT ES. 

The delegates composing the Eighty-first Annual Session of the Mub- 
clb Shoals Association of Baptists, convened with the Mt. Pisgah 
Church, at Flint, Morgan county, Ala., on Thursday, October 4, 1900, at 
11 o'clock A. M. 

Elder James I. Stockton preached the Introductory Sermon ; text, 
1st Timothy i. 15: "It is a faithful saying, and worthy of all accepta- 
tion, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." 

After the sermon, there was an intermission of one hour and a quarter. 
Prayer by Bro. R. T. Wear. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. The religious services, 
consisting of singing, reading of the Scriptures by the former Moderator, 
Eld. W. T. Cobbs, and prayer by Eld. F. C. David, were held, after 
which the Moderator called the Association to order. Bros. C. G. Lynch, 
W. H. Simpson and Marion Briscoe, were appointed Reading Clerks. 
The Moderator then called for letters from the churches, which were 
read, and the names of the delegates enrolled, as follows: 

Bethel— Z. C. Love, D. W. Speegle, J. A. Henry. 

First Baptist, New Decatur— J. C. Lance, F. Utter, A. G. Spinks. 

Cave Spring— James Ratliffe, Frank Clark. 

Brum— J. T. Wallace, J. W. McMillan, L S. Stephenson. 

Gum Spring (L) — A. R Holbrooks. 

Hart*eUe—F. C. David, J D. McClanahan, J. C. Orr. 

Macedonia— J. S. Brownlow. J. H. Short, Willis Brothers. 

Moutton Height*— W. M. Bullard, J. M. Flood, F. Hall. 

Hopewell— J. J. Sandlin, H. L. Kirby. 

MouUon— W. D. Irwin, H. B. Irwin. 

HiUsboro—J. C. Battle. 

Mt. Hope—E. D. Whitman. 

Mt. Nebo (F)— Geo. W. Hargett. 

ML Nebo (Jf)— R. B. Gibson. 

ML Zion (Ly— John L. Richey. 

Central, New Decatur— W. Y. Quisenberry, Jno. A. Thomason, W. H. 
Simpson. 

Mt. Pisgah—G. H. Hughes, R. B. Day, D. W. Hanby. 

Pleasant HUL- J. Gunn, G. W. Russell, A. Y. Stewart. 

New Hope — J. E. Coffee. 

Bocky Creek— J. A. Oden. 

OkoUma— M. J. Taylor, Edward Hurst 

New Prospect — M. A. Masterson, Jonathan Sandlin. 

Town Creek— R. T. Wear, Wallace Wear, L. A. Wear. 

Salem— L. E. Stubbs, James Pickens. 

Shady Grove— J. A. Moore, J. T. Sybert, E. T. Moore. 

Trinity— 3. L Stockton, Jos. Shackelford, W. S. Johnson. 

New Friendship— D. R. Kirbow, J. E. Lee. 

Belleview—W. R. Crow. 

First Decatur— W. D. Hester, Charles R. Lee. 

Audrowfle— -M. Briscoe, J. T. Weatherly, J. R. Thompson. 



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Harnwi »— Jno. 8. Howell, James N. Howell. 
New Ce. re— W. B. Bryant, Mathew Blankenship. 
Lebanon — W. J. Briscoe, T. J. Flowers, J. H. Martin. 
Falktri;* W. A. McCroskey, W. T Cobbs, J. C- Tidwell. 
Danvi — J. G. Orr, Q. W. Lindsey, E. D. Stephenson. 
Centre ^rove — Letter — no delegate. 
Blue 6 ring — Letter — no delegate. 
Cherry HUl — Letter — no delegate. 

The following members of the Executive Board were present. These 
are ex-officio members of the Association: Dr. J. M. Kitchens, J. 6. Orr, 
H. B. Irwin, W. D. Irwin, J. T. Wallace, J. a Tidwell. 

The names of the delegates having been enrolled, the Association pro- 
ceeded to the election of officers. Nominations for Moderator were 
announc d by the Moderator to be in order. Bros. W. H. Simpson, 
Jno. A. Thomason, and J. I. Stockton were placed in nomination. 
Brethren R. T. Wear and J. D. McClanahan were appointed tellers. 
They distributed the ballots, collected them and counted the same. 

While the ballots were being counted, Bro. W. B. Crumpton, Secretary 
of the tate Board of Missions, addressed the brethren on the subject of 
the wr k of the Board. 

The te era announced that Bro. W. H. Simpson was elected Moderator, 
and Jos Shackelford, Clerk. 

The Moderator-elect took the chair, and after returning his thanks to 
the Association for the honor conferred, announced that the Association 
was re; ly for business. 

Order of Business. 

On n tion of Jos. Shackelford, the order of business as published in 
the it mtes of last year was made the order of business for this session, 
excep hat the subject of Missions shall be made the order of the day 
for 10 ^ clock a. m. Friday, and the subject of Education the order of the 
day tht first thing after the intermission on Friday. 

Petitionary Letters. 

On the call for petitionary letters, a letter was presented from Austin- 
ville T • ptist Church, which was read, and, on motion, the church was 
receiv i, and the hand of fellowship extended to the delegates by the 
Modei tor. (See names in list of delegates.) 

On lotion of Bro. F. C. David, Bro. Crumpton was permitted to con- 
tinue > is address, which he had commenced when the vote was being 
couute l, and have thirty minutes of time, which was afterwards extended 
twent minutes. 

Correspondents. 

The Moderator called for Correspondents. Eld. W. B. Crumpton, 
Secretary ol the State Board of Missions, announced that he was present. 
Eld. J. G. Lowery, representing the Institute Board and the Board of 
Mini rial Education, was present. Both were invited to seats. 




Committees. 

The Moderator announced the following Committees: 

On i Devotional J53wm*»— The pastor and deacons ©f Mt. Piseah Church, 
and Brethren H. B. Irwin and J. T. Wallace. 

State of BOigion—J. D. McClanahan, Marion Briscoe, J. L. Richey 

Deceased Ministers— R T. Wear, R. B. Gibson, Jas. Ratliffe. 

Document*— E. D. Stephenson, J. C. Lance, J. C. Love. 

Finance— H. B. Irwin, G. H. Hughes, Jno. A. Thomason. 

Nomination*— J. I. Stockton, R. B. Day, G. W. Hargett. 

On motion of Bro. W. Y. Quisenberry, a Committee" on Digest of Church 
Letters was appointed, as follows? W. Y. Qtrisenberry, C. G. Lynch, A. G. 
Spinks. 

The Trinity School 

The report of the Trustees of the Trinity School was called for, and 
read by the Clerk, and ordered to be spread on the minutes: 

Dbab Bkbthken: The Trustees of the North Alabama Baptist Collegiate 
Institute and Normal School make this, their eighth annual report, to 
your honorable body. 

We have nothing of a very cheering character to report. The last ses- 
sion closed with an enrollment of 64 pupils. Our Commencement exer- 
cises passed off very creditably to teachers and pupils. We had no grad- 
uates One young minister from Liberty Association attended this 
School last session, Bro. M. L. Crutcher. 

The Trustees met in Decatur on the 14th of June last, and elected Rev. 
A. G. Spinks, President, Dr. Shackelford having declined a re-election. 
Mr. Spinks accepted, and necessary notices were given the public of the 
fact. The Trustees were very hopeful that the School would take on new 
life, and that its patronage for the next session would be much larger. 
Arrangements had been made with Dr. Shackelford to take the field, and 
work for the upbuilding of the School. He was appointed General 
Agent, with authority to collect money for the purpose of erecting an- 
other building and supplying school appliances, such as globes, maps, 
charts, Ac. 

On the 10th of September, just one week from the time the School 
was advertised to commence, the Trustees met at Decatur to receive the 
resignation of Mr. Spinks, which had been handed to a member of the 
Board just a few days before. The time was too short to look around for 
a teacher. The Board asked Dr. Shackelford to take the School for the 
next session. Realizing the situation, he agreed to do so. The Board 
agreed to help him, and do what they could for the School. No one has 
been out working for the School. The result has been a small opening. 
We trust that the number of pupils may grow. We now have enrolled, 
the third week of the session, 26 pupils. The Baptists of this Association 
could send 50 pupils to the School, if they would. We have a most 
desirable location for this School. It is accessible; it is healthy. We 
need more buildings— buildings that will be attractive, and draw pupils. 
We need more school appliances. We can make this the most attractive 
educational point in North Alabama, if the Baptists and friends of the 
School will give us money. Your Board will exert itself for the interest 
of the School, if you will give us the means with which to work. 

The Board is happy to inform you that at its last session it passed a 
resolution inviting Colbert Association to join your Association, and 
Liberty and Bear Creek Associations in the support of the School. That 
Association has accepted the invitation, and appointed a Trustee at its 
last session. 

We would call attention to the fact that the time of the following 



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Trustees v be out at this session of your body, vis., Josephus Shackel- 
ford. T. L. ? laker, and Dr. J. M. Kitchens. Their places will have to be 
filled, either by their re-appointment or the appointment of others. 

Respectfully submitted, J. G. Orb, President. 

Jos. Shackelford, Secretary. 

October 1, 1900. 

The Committee on Devotional Exercises reported that Eld. W. B. 
Grumpton would preach to-night, and Eld. J. 6. Lowery to-morrow night. 

On motion, adjourned to meet at 9 a. m., Friday. Prayer by Eld. E. D. 
Stephenson 

SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 

Friday, October 5th, 1900. 

The Assc iation met pursuant to adjournment After singing, and the 
reading of tue Scriptures by the Moderator, prayer was offered by Elder 
J. Gunn. The minutes of yesterday were read and approved 

Delayed letters were called for, when letters were received and read 
from the fo^owing churches: Decatur, Harmony, New Centre, Lebanon, 
Falkville, anville and Centre Grove. See the names of the delegates 
enrolled oi page 2. 

Elder J. V. Howard, of the Alabama Baptist, being present was recog- 
nised and i . vited to a seat 

The Moderator read the Constitution and Rules of Decorum of the 
Association. 

Special Order. 

The hour of 10 o'clock having arrived the Moderator announced that 
this was th<> time for the consideration of the subject of missions and 
kindred subjects. The reports of the various standing committees on 
missions we' then presented and read, as follows: Associations! Mis- 
sions, repor read by Bro. J. D. McOanahan; State Missions, by Bro. L. 
A. Wear; 1 otne Missions, by Bro. R. T. Wear; Foreign Misions, by Bro. 
F, C. Davie' 

These rej rts were, on motion, received, and the whole subject of mis- 
sions was before the Association for discussion. The subject was discussed 
by Bros. W. Y. Quisenberry, J. G. Lowery, J. A Howard, J. G. Orr, F. 
C David and F. M. Yager. On the suggestion of Bro. Quisenberry, the 
Association engaged in prayer before the discussion commenced. After 
Bro. Yager ad spoken a hymn was sung, and the discussion was then 
continued b. Bros. Shackelford, Lowery and Roan, when, on motion, 
the Associati <a adjourned for dinner, with the understanding that the 
subject of n riona would come up immediately after the recess. Prayer 
by Bro. J. A. Howard. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The AsBoer tton met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Bro. W. Y. 
Quisenberry. The Moderator called for the report* of the missionaries, 
which were ead and received. Bros. J. D. McOanahan, W. J. Briscoe 
an* J. L. Ri< Hey, missionaries, read their reports. 



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The report of the Executive Board was read by Bro. H. B. Irwin, and 
on motion was received and laid on the table for farther consideration. 

The Moderator announced the appointment of the following brethren 
to fill vacancies on standing committees, who were to report at this ses- 
sion: On Ministerial Education, C. J. Lynch, J. C. Tidwell, John A. 
Thomason; on Colportage Work, M. Briscoe, James McMillan, J. A. 
Thompson. 

Some remarks were made by Dr. J. M. Kitchens explanatory of the 
action of the Executive Board as to helping some churches in the eastern 
part of the Association. 

The subject of missions was then taken up, and after remarks were 
made by brethren TT. G. Buck, J. D. McOanahan, A. G. Spinks, W. R 
Crow, J. M. Flood, the Moderator called for pledges. The following 
pledges were made and cash reported as paid to Finance Committee for 
the incoming year: 



Bethel, paid F. a $ 10 00 

Gave Spring, paid F. O 3 00 

Danville. 23 00 

Enon 15 00 

Falkville. 25 00 

Gum Springs (L) 5 00 

Harmony 10 00 

Hilteboro 2000 

HartBeUe 55 00 

Lebanon 7 50 

Macedonia, paid F. C. 6 50 

Moulton 3000 

Mt. Hope 2500 

Mt&on (L) 500 

MtNebo(M). 5 00 

MtNebo(F) 5 00 

Total cash, $53.60; pledged, $6*1.50. Total cash and pledges, $695.10, 
of these amounts. The following churches designated the amounts an- 
nexed to their names for Institute work: HartBeUe $10, Lebanon $2.50, 
Town Greek $5. Total, $17.50. 

On motion, the Association adjourned until 9 o'clock Saturday morn- 
ing, with the understanding that the subject of missions would come up 
first Saturday morning after miscellaneous business and the list of pledges 
finished. Prayer by the Moderator. 



Mt Pisgah, paidF. C $12 00 

NewHope 5 00 

New Friendship, paid F. C. 6 00 
New Centre, paid F. C. ... . 100 

New Centre, pledged. 4 00 

New Decatur 100 00 

Okotona 12 00 

Pleasant Hill 5 00 

Salem 10 00 

Town Creek 30 00 

Trinity, paid F. C 5 10 

Trinity, pledged. 10 00 

Austtnvifie, paid F. C 10 00 

Central, New Decatur 300 00 

Cherry Hill, paid Clerk. ... 2 50 
Moulton&S. 500 



THIRD DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 

Saturday, October 6th, 1 900. 

The Association met at the hour appointed. Bro. C G. Lynch con- 
ducted the religious exercises, after which the minutes of Friday 
read and approved. 



On motion of Bro. J. D. Qanahan, the Committee on De c e as ed Minis- 
ras instructed to mention the death of Bro. W. F. Orr, a most excel- 
lent and highly respected member of Hopewell church, who had died 
during the year. 



The subject of help to aged ministers and to the widows of ministers 
was discussed by brethren J. D. McClanahan, W. Y. Quisenberry and 
R, T. Wear. 

On motion, a standing committee on indigent ministers was appointed, 
whose duty it shall be to find out the indigent ministers and widows of 
ministers in the Association who may be in need of help, and make such 
arrangements as they may be able to help them, and bring their cases 
before the churches of the Association. 

Missions. 

The subject of missions was then taken up and some more pledges were 
taken. ( See list of pledges. ) Remarks were made by Bros. Shackleford, 
Quisenberry, Lowery, Briscoe and R. T. Wear. 

On the request of Bto. Quisenberry, a report of the Sunbeam Society, 
of the Central Baptist church, New Decatur, was read by young brother 
Howard Horton. 

On motion, the various reporte on missions, reports of missionaries and 

rep<" it of Executive Board were adopted in the order in which they were 

ret 1, as follows: 

Associational Missions. 

We, your Committee on Associational Missions, report asfollows: 
Associational missions are clearly taught in the commission of Christ, 
beginning at Jerusalem, thence to all the world, as a witness unto all 
nations. We are glad to report that through our board many parts of 
the destitution has been supplied throughout our bounds, in the organiza- 
tion of several churches m our towns and rural districts. Some are 
thriving paying churches, others are poor and weak. They need to be 
educated on the great subject of Associational missions, so as to increase 
our treasury to at least double what its amount has been. We are glad 
to report that great and lasting good has been accomplished throughout 
our bounds by our much esteemed and beloved brother, F. C. David, in 
his century work. No doubt there has been seed sown that will bring 
fruit many days hence. We would recommend that our pastors take up 
a collection, at least quarterly, for Associational missions. This would 
greatly increase our Associational funds. We report about 3,000 mem- 
bers. Twenty cents per member would put $600 in the hands of our 
board, which would enable them to reach the destitution that is yet 
within our bounds. 

Brethren, there are not more than half of our members who contribute 
to any cause. Some churches report over 100 members, and from twenty 
to thirty of this number pay all the funds, including pastor's salary. 
The remainder are anti-missionary in practice, if not in profession. If 
we could get our churches converted to this God-given work it would not 
be long before we could take this destitution for Christ. God grant to 
speed the time when our churches will wake up to this call. 

Respectfully submitted, 

!.B.D^*" , } CMnmi *«>- 
State Missions. 

Your Commit ee on State Missions beg leave to make the following 
report: The State Board of Missions is now in its twenty -fifth year, and 
the report last year was encouraging, but this year's report at Tuscaloosa 
will snow a great improvement in the number of employes, and the 
amount of work done. The brethren everywhere speak in the kindest 






terms of the Secretary and the Board. Some of the Associations are 
doing work in their own hounds, but it is not because of unfriendliness 
to the Board. The centers must be occupied, is the point insisted on by 
the Secretary of the State Board of Missions. This does not mean that 
the country is to be, or should be neglected, but that the centers are the 
danger points, which must be protected, or the whole country will be 
ruined. These are the centers of influence, good and bad. 

Some Bible work is being-done. Many pastors have taken Bibles and 
Testaments on sale for the Board, with the understanding that they are 
to donate them where parties are not able to purchase. 

The Board's missionaries are instructed to give special attention to the 
organization and encouragement of Sunday Schools. ^ The Board has not 
been u» position to do as much along this line as desired, but hopes soon 
to be able to do much more. Our Sunday School Board -at Nashville has 
freely given to the State Board $300.00 worth of Bibles and Testaments, 
which nas been oi great service. Besides, all that is done for State Mis- 
sions strictly, it should be borne in mind that much of the increased con- 
tributions from Alabama, to the Home and Foreign Boards, is due directly 
to the efforts put forth by Secretary Crumpton, in the field, and by the 
thousands of pages of literature he sends out from his office in Mont- 

Smery. The financial exhibit, we regard as very encouraging. May 
>d bless this Association, and cause it to do more for State Missions in 
the future. Respectfully submitted, 

L. A. Weak, ) » . ... : 
W. H. Jenkins, \ Co^ta*- 

Home Missions. 

While your Committee would emphasize the importance of the work 
of the Home Mission Board, we would not for a moment lose sight of the 
great truths, so clear to the heart of Baptists, that to preach the gospel to 
every creature is the command of our Lord, whether at home or in dis- 
tant lands. So Associations! Missions, State, Home and Foreign Mis- 
sions, are one. But as the little handful of Baptists have multiplied 
during the present century to a great multitude, it becomes necessary to 
divide the one 'work into several departments, that we might the more 
effectively carry out our Lord's command, to preach the gospel to every 
creature. 

In this Association we have tried, to some extent at least, to supply 
the destitution. But when our part of the work was done, still there 
was so much more needed to be done, an earnest appeal was made to our 
beloved brethren of the State Board. They have heard our cry for help 
and nobly have they responded; but when they have done all they could, 
with the money contributed, the appeal is then made to the Home Board 
to meet the necessities of the case. So in every State, embraced in the 
Southern Baptist Convention, the power and influence of the Home Board 
for good has been felt. It has entered the large cities, through it* mis* 
sionaries. and has given to the perishing the bread of life. Besides, it 
has within its field of work, frontier territory, covering about one thou- 
sand miles in length, by something like five hundred miles in width 
This is not confined, as many think, to work among the Indians. As a 
matter of fact, the smallest part of frontier work is now being done among 
the Indians. But it is work among those of our own people, who by the 
hundreds, yea, by the thousands, together with people from other lands, 
who are pouring into the Western and Southwestern portions of our 
country. Hence the vigorous efforts of the Home Board to preach to 
them the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. To the Home Board is en- 
trusted the work of giving the gospel to down-trodden Cuba. Great are 
the results, and wonderful the blessings that have crowned our work in 
Cuba. 



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Brethren of the Muscle Shoals Association, we love to think, and also 
tell that the first missionary that earth ever knew, or men ever saw, was 
a Baptist; that when our Lord wanted a people made ready for his com- 
ing, He sent a Baptist to do the work. Out of this people made ready, 
by a Baptist preacher, our Lord constituted his church. Therefore, we 
ail believe that it was a Baptist church. This church, together with 
every other church founded after the Divine Model, becomes the pillar 
and ground of the truth. To every church, yea, and to every individual 
who is a member of the church, our Lord say&i "Go into all the world 
and preach the gospel to every creature." God owns us; He has blessed 
us; He has kept us. The century closes; we still see the pillar of cloud, 




will go? If I cannot go in person, I will go by my prayers, and by my 
money." Then would we have each member of this body, on his return 
to his respective church, impart this spirit to those at home. We verily 
believe, that never since the Son of God hung upon the cross, have Bap- 
tists had such opportunities for doing good, and advancing the cause of 
the Master, as the Baptists of the South have to-day. If we can properly 
appreciate the magnitude of our position and the greatness of our oppor- 
tunities, then we will be in the heartiest sympathy and co-operation 
with our Home Board. Respectfully submitted, 



WRW^ghtJ^™*^ 



Foreign Missions. 

Of all the reports submitted in our Associations and Conventions, or 
any phase of Christian work, none surpasses in importance that of For- 
eign Missions. Christ Jesus our Lord was a foreign missionary. What 

the meaning of missionary? It means one who is sent. Was Christ 



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sent from heaven to this sin-accursed world? 1st John iv. 9, 10, says: "In 
this was manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent his only 
begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein 
is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to 
be the propitiation for our sins." Christ was sent into the world to 
establish his own everlasting gospel. Gospel means good news — is a rev- 
elation of the fact that lost sinners may be saved. It was good news, 
which the world needed, but did not have, that Christ could and did 
satisfy divine justice and rendered God the Father propitious in justify- 
ing the believer. From the first it acted like a charm on those that 
believed it. As soon as Andrew sees the Lord his soul is thrilled by the 
good news, and forthwith he makes for his brother Simon, and brings 
him to Jesus. Next day Jesus findeth Philip, and Philip at once bestirs 
himself to find Nathaniel. Is it not true that every regenerated soul, 
imbued with the Spirit of Christ, wants to stretch its arms like seas and 
grasp in all the shore? Away back in the centuries of the Old Testament 
saints, the Psalmist seems by prophetic vision to have great gusts of soul 
desire for such a time as this, when he prays in the 67th Psalm these 
words to the God of Missions: "God be merciful to us, and bless us, **** 
that thy way may be known upon the earth, thy saving health among 
all nations. Let the people praise thee O God, let all the people praise 
thee. let the nations be glad and sing for joy." 

Paul's great throbbing heart was powerfully touched by the great sal- 
vation, so that he sees himself debtor to all peoples, because he had what 
they needed, and did not have, and could not get without they could 
hear the good news which had greeted his ears. He asks the Roman 
Christians: "How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not 
heard; and how shall they hear without a preacher, and how shall they 



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preach except they be sent?" Will these questions ever be answered? 
No; they are simply unanswerable. 

The labors of out missionaries in foreign fields were never more blessed 
of the Lord than this year. Our work in some parts of China has been 
temporarily stopped by the war which is on hand there. 80 far we have 
not heard of the murder of any of our missionaries from this country. 
We have lost some of our converts there, and some of Our native preachers. 
God is not indifferent to His cause and people in that far off heathen 
land. He will bring good to His cause out of that war cloud, and glory 
to His great name. Let us never forget that God Almighty rules the 
nations of this world. 

Brethren of the Muscle Shoals Association, let me say to you that we 
are merely playing at Missions. We are not practical enough concerning 
the great work. Every year we report, we resolute, we speechify, but 
about the same little sum comes up for Missions. What we pay to the 
Lord is not commensurate with our ability. F. C. David. 

Reports of Missionaries. 

BXFOBT Of J. D. Jf'CLANAHAN. 

I was employed by your Board to preach once a month at Speak's 
School House, in Lawrence county, at a salary of $35.00. I have bad 
regular preaching, with fine congregations, and fine interest. We had a 
glorious revival of religion, which lasted seven days. We were assisted 
bv our beloved Bro. Marion Briscoe most of the time, who did some 
faithful preaching. We had about thirty conversions. Twelve received 
by baptism, one by restoration, three under the watch-care of the church. 
We have announced that we will organise a church on the third oftpbath 
in November, next. We think we can go into the organization with 25 
or 80 members. We consider it a field of importance. Our congrega- 
tions are entirely too large to be seated in the school house, at times. 
We think it best to constitute a church at this place, as it is in the centre 
of a large population, I have received $10.00 on my salary. Balance 

due,$2f.0T Re8I ^ anyrabn ' itt ^iD.M'C L ANAHAK. 

j. l. richey's report. 

I was engaged by the Executive Board to work as a missionary in the 
western part of the Association, commencing May 29th, 1900, and con- 
tinued until the first of October, for which I was to receive $90. The 
following is my report: Miles traveled, 307; families visited, f 3; exhorta- 
tions, 50? sermons preached, 55; baptisms, 4. Received on salary, $42 50; 
balance due, $47.5fc ' Respectfully submitted^ BMBKr 

REPORT OF W. J. BRISCOE. 

By an agreement of the Executive Board and Centre Grove church, I 
preached to the church during the past year. The church was to pay 
goto the pastor and the Beard $25\making $50 salary for preaching 
once a month? I have had preaching once a month. Held a meeting 
in September, which lasted five days. There was a good revival in the 
church, but no additions. I have had an additional appointment at 
Ryan's Cross Roads, with good congregations. I consider this a hard 
field in which to work. It is a field, however, that we ought to cultivate. 
This community is thickly populated and but little Baptist preaching in 
it I have received from the Board $15, and from the church $0. The 
church agrees to settle the remainder ($20) at her next meeting, at 

whieh time she will call her pastor. • * .... , 

Respectmlly submitted, 

W. J. Briscoe. 



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Report of Executive Board. 

Dear Brethren — The first meeting of your Board was held at Moulton 
on March 24th, 1900. At this meeting of the Board Bro. J. G. Orr was 
elected President and J. M. Sandlin, Secretary. 

On motion, the Board employed Bro. J. D. McClanahan to preach at 
Speak' s school house until the Association, at a salary of $35. A com- 
mittee of three was appointed to confer with the Central Committee to 
arrange for century meetings to be held by the churches. This commit- 
tee was composed of Bros. J. G. Orr, J. A. Walker, W. D. Irwin and Jos. 
Shackelford. This committee was instructed to report the result of their 
conference to the Board. 

A meeting of the Board was called to be held on Monday after the 
fourth Sabbath in April. No business was transacted at this meeting, for 
want of a quorum. 

The Board met at Moulton on May the 17th, 1900. Members present: 
Dr. J. M. TKitchens, F. M. Carruth, J. A. Walker, W. D. Irwin, H. B. 
Irwin, J. M. Shoemaker, J. T. Wallace (by proxy) and J. N. Bragg. 
Bro. H. B. Irwin was made temporary chairman. 

The committee appointed to confer with the Central Committee made 
their report, which was discussed and the following action taken: Seven- 
ty-five dollars was put at the disposal of that committee (appointed by 
the Association) to arrange for meetings to celebrate the close of the 
Nineteenth Century by appropriate exercises to be held throughout the 
Association, which money was to be used at the best discretion of said 
committee. 

The Board allowed Centre Grove church $25 to procure the services of 
a pastor, provided the church will give the same amount. The Board 
allowed $75 to Bros. J. M. Kitchens and J. G. Orr, to be used by them 
in the eastern portion of the Association in procuring pastors for destitute 
churches. The Board has failed to receive monthly reports from these 
brethren. The Board allowed Bros. W. D. Irwin, H. B. Irwin and J. N. 
Bragg $90, to be used in the western portion of the Association. These 
brethren employed Bro. J. L. Richey at a salary of $90 until the Asso- 
ciation to preach at destitute places jn the section above named. Bro. 
Richey has made to this Board monthly reports, and we think he has 
done good and faithful work. Respectfully. submitted, 

Jonathan G. Orr, President. 

J. M. Sandlin, Secretary. 

Report of Committee on Digest of Church Letters. 

Your Committee on Digest of Church Letters makes an incomplete 
report, as it had in hand only thirty-six letters from the forty-eight 
churches belonging to the Asssociation, but we think these letters con- 
tain some very suggestive facts. We find only three of these churches 
contributing to all fix of the boards fbr our general work — Home, State, 
Foreign, Ministerial Education, Ofphanage and Institute Board. We 
find three churches giving to State Missions, four to Home Missions, 
three to the Orphanage; seven to the Institute Board, nine to Ministerial 
Education and eleven to Foreign Missions. We find twenty-one of the 
thirty-six churches not giving one cent to any Of these six great objects. 
Fifteen of the thirty-six churches report no Sunday school. Excepting 
three churches, we find those reporting pastors' salary to average only 
$65. We find. Only one church contributing to the support of aged min- 
isters. We find only three churches contributing to the Bible and Col- 
portage work, fifteen churches contributed to AsBociational Missions and 
almost nothing to the mission boards. We find seven churches, with a 
membership of 859, having contributed nothing, not even for printing 
Minutes. We find those churches which have contributed most hberally 



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have received greater blessings, spiritually. We find an increase of over 
two hundred dollars for Foreign Missions. We find a slight increase in 
State Missions, but a decrease in the number of churches giving. We 
find an increase in baptisms. There were 108 from forty-eight churches 
last year, and 164 from thirty-six churches this year. 

, W. Y. QUISENBEKKY, 

C. G. Lynch, 
A. G. Spines. 

Explanation by the Clerk. 

The Association, at the request of the Clerk, allowed him to make an 
explanation of the manner in which the churches reported their contri- 
butions to the Association, which he makes as follows: 

1. Some of the churches do not report in their letters what they have 
contributed, or sent up, for the various objects fostered by the Associa- 
tion. They ought to do so. The delegates content themselves by report- 
ing it to the Finance Committee, and it appears in the report of that 
committee. Some times the letters report more than is actually sent up. 

2. Some churches send all their mission money and minute money to 
the Association, expecting it to be divided by the Association among the 
different Mission Boards. About seven did this last year, and about the 
same number this year. Of the 48 churches mentioned in the report as 
belonging to the Association, two were lettered out a year ago — Kussell- 
ville and Macedonia (F). Three have not been represented, either by 
delegates or letters, in two years, and will be dropped from our list* 
namely, Darlington, Mi. Zion (M) and Pleasant Hill (L). This leaves 43 
churches. Since the Association another church (Cherry Hill) sent a 
letter and money, |8.00, and has called for a letter of dismission. Of the 
43 churches, 39 are reported in the Finance Committee's report as send- 
ing money to the Association or giving to the various objects — some to 
one thing and some to another. Small amounts, it is true, but some- 
thing! There are four churches of the 43 that report nothing, and they 
were not represented, either by letter or delegates. One of these, I 
know, has usually given something to Missions. I know that our 
churches and our people do not give as much as they are able and ought 
to give. Nearly 3,000 members ought to contribute $3,000 annually to 
the Mission work and Education, to say nothing of other objects, but I 
thought that it was due to the churches to make this statement, in view 
of the report of the Committee on the Digest of the Letters, as a wrong 
impression might be made by that report. The committee did the best 
they could with the material at hand. The Finance Committee's report, 
found in these minutes, will give a correct account of the money ex- 
pended by the churches during the last Associational year, and sent up 
to the Association as reported by the delegates and otherwise to that 
committee. Clerk. 

Special Order. 

XDUCATION— REPORT OF BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The report was read by the Secretary of the Board. On motion, it was 
received and laid over for discussion. 

The report on Ministerial Education was read by Bro. C. G. Lynch, 
and took the same course. 

The report on Century Meetings, read by Bro. R. T. Wear; on Educa- 
tion, read by Jos. Shackelford; Bro. F. C. David's report on Century 
Work; on Institute Work, read by Bro. M. Briscoe, and on Colportage 
Work, by Bro. M. Briscoe, took the same direction; and the whole sub- 



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Ject oi Education was discussed by the following brethren: Joe. Shackel- 
ford discussed the importance of den om inational schools, and the duty 
of Baptists to support their own schools; Bra Quisenberry on the duty 
of Baptists to supply themselves with Baptist literature; Bra M. Briscoe 
on Colportage; also, Bro. Spinks and Bra Lowery on Ministerial Educa- 
tion and the Minister's Institute Work; Bro. J. D. McClanahan, also, on 
Institute Work. On motion, the discussion closed until the evening 
session. . 

On motion, the Treasurer was authorised to pay over to Bra F. C. 
David the amount collected for Institute work and paid into the Treas- 
urer' s hands by the Finance Committee. 

Orphans' Home. 

The report on the Orphans' Home was read by Bra J. T. Wallace. 
A public collection was taken for the Home, amounting to $24.01. The 
report was adopted, as follows: 

Your Committee on the Orphans' Home report as follows: The 
Orphans' Home is an institution of which the Baptists of Al a b ama 
should feel proud. It is under the management of our beloved and gen- 
erous-hearted brother, Rev. John W. Stewart, and his co-workers, who 
are doing a great work. That it is the home of the orphan, is a sufficient 
appeal to all Christians. We have no information as to the number of 
children in the Home, but the number is increasing constantly, and the 
demands for help are also increasing. .We therefore recommend that the 
churches of this Association take monthly collections for the Home, and 
that this body take up a public collection and try to raise at least 120.00 
for the Home. Respectfully submitted, 

J. T. Waxlack, 
J. 8. Howeix. 

Standing Committees. 

The Moderator announced the Standing Committees, as follows: 

On Associational Missions— W. T. Cobbs, J. G. Orr, Jno. 8. Howell. 

State Missions— J. L Stockton, J. P. Lance, W. J. Briscoe. 
. Home Mission*- A. G. Spinks, Chas. W. Lee, C. C. Willis. 

Foreign Missions— W. Y. Quisenberry, J. C. Orr, W. D. Irwin. 

EducatUm— Job. Shackelford, W. 0. Buck, Willis Brothers. 

Ministerial Edtuxrtum—Jackaon Gunn, D. W. Hanby, J. T. Wallaca 

Orphans' Home— J. D. McClanahan, J. A. Moore, W. M. East. 

Temperance— R. T. Wear, J. M. Sandlin, F. H. Orr. 

Colportage— J. C. Tidwell, H. B. Irwin, F. D. Stephenson. 

Sunday Schools— Jno. A. Thomason, L. A. Wear, J. J. Sandlin. 

Institute Worb—F. C. David, J. S. Weaver, T. H. Johnson. 

Indigent Ministers— F. C. David, M. Briscoe, W. D. Irwin. 

On motion, the Association adjourned for one hour. Prayer by Bro. 
W. Y. Quisenberry. 



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AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Bro. T. H. 
Johnson. 

The reports on Education, and kindred subjects, were severally adopted, 
as follows: 

Report of Board of Ministerial Education. 
% Your Board of Ministerial Education make the following report to your 
body: The Board has had no applications for assistance this year; hence 
we have had no occasion to call on the churches for contributions for 
Ministerial Education. 

The money collected at our last Association to pay the debts of the 
Board, and the subscriptions made then to be paid in thirty days, has 
been paid out, and all the debts of the Board paid. Six dollars and fifty 
cents of the subscriptions for this purpose have not been paid. 

There is now remaining in the hands of the Treasurer a balance of 84 
cents. We present herewith the report of the Treasurer, which will 
show how the money collected for Ministerial Education has been spent. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. G. Obr, President. 
Jos. Shackelford, Secretary. 

Treasurer's Report 

Jos. Shacxelfoed, Treasurer, 

In Account with Board of Ministerial Education. 

1899 Db. 

Sept. 29, To amount collected from churches and indi- 
viduals at the Association $ 42 72 

Oct. 2, To amount from W. D. Irwin, Treasurer of 

Association 33 80 

Oct. 2, To amount from Okolona Church 5 17 

Oct. 8, To amount from Trinity Church $5.00, Central 

Church, $2.01, New Decatur 7 01 

Oct. 10, To amount from J. W. Owen...., ... 1 00 

Oct. 10, To amount from Bethany Church, per J. W . 

Owen 2 00 

Oct. 15, To amount from Danville Church 15c., Hills- 

boro Church $2.50 2 65 

Oct. 20, To amount from Town Creek Church $5, Deca- 
tur Church, per Mrs. Simpson, $2.50 7 50 

Nov. 1, To amount from Enon Church $2, Hartselle 

Church $4.24 8 24 

1900 

Jan. 3, To amount from Harmony Church $2, Rocky 

Creek Church, per J. E. Weaver, $2. 4 00 

Feb. To amount from Russellville Church, per A. W. 

Briscoe •. 10 00 — 

Total collected * 122 °° 

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Sept. 29, 
Sept. 29, 


Sept. 
Oct. 
Oct. 
Oct 


29, 
2, 
2, 

14, 


Oct. 


14, 


Oct. 


14, 


Nov. 


1, 


Deo. 


23, 


1900 
Feb. 


8, 


Feb. 

Feb. 


8, 
8, 



Treasurer* Report. 

Jos. Shackelford, Treasurer, 

In Account with Board of Ministerial Education. 

Total collected , $122 09 

Cr. 

By amount due Treasurer on last report.... $ 2 68 

By amount Hartselle & Son, per order of J. L. 

Richey 2 50 

By amount paid A. W. Briscoe, his pledge...... 5 00 

By amount paid A. W. Briscoe, on board 12 52 

By amount paid J. L. Richey for books. 8 65 

By amount paid Stephenson & Wylie on J. *L. 

Richey's order 11 90 

By amount paid G. W. Fullman & Son on J. L. 

Richey's order. 36 40 

By amount paid of J. L. Richey's tuition half 

of nine months 10 00 

By amount paid Stephenson AWylie, per A. W. 

Briscoe's order 2 00 

By amount paid Charles Wiggins, order of J. L. 

Richey, rent 14 50 

By amount paid A. W. Briscoe by Russell ville 

Church. .? 10 00 

By tuition of A. W. Briscoe and rent of room.. 10 00 

By cost for stamps on checks and postage 10 

Balance in hands of Treasurer 84 — $122 09 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jos. Shackelford, 
Secretary and Treasurer. 



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Report of Committee on Century Work. 

Your committee appointed at the last meeting of this body to arrange 
century meetings, to be observed by the churches of the Association this 
year, beg leave to report as follows: 

We have to say that just such a year for rain, mud and slush is not in 
the memory of our oldest citizens. In the latter part of the winter, and 
during the spring months, your committee made three different attempts 
to get a quorum of our committee together, that steps might be taken to 
inaugurate work for a suitable observance of the history of Baptists dur- 
ing the Nineteenth Century. In July we succeeded in employing Rev. 
F. C. David to enter the field and prosecute the work. He was instructed 
to appoint meetings where it would be most convenient for adjacent 
churches to attend. He was also to arrange and send program of time 
and place for meetings, and names of speakers and their subjects. He 
was also to attend each appointment and open and conduct the meetings. 
Bro. David was employed for two months at a salary of $37.50 per month. 
We presume he has a report of the work done. We refer you to that as 
to the results of his appointments. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. L fcrOCKTON, 

R. T. Wear, 
J. £. Weaver, 
T. V. Shoemaker, 



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Report on Century Work. 

I was appointed last July by the Century Committee, appointed at the 
last Association, to arrange for meetings in the bounds of the Association 
and to appoint speakers and assign each one a subject. Accordingly 
century meetings were appointed tor eleven churches, the most accessi- 
ble to sister churches not having any of these appointments. Fourteen 
speakers were appointed, as you have seen in the program, and a subject 
assigned to each. Meetings were held at ten of these appointments. 
Sickness in the community prevented one church from meeting, though 
Bro. Stockton and I met at the time and place. One other church it did 
not suit to meet at the time suggested and the meeting was given to 
another. 

In the round of campaign work there were fifty-nine addresses deliv- 
ered and twenty-one sermons preached. I distributed about 3,000 pages 
of century literature The weeks covered by the meetings, owing to the 
unprecedented wet spring months, was inopportune, so far as giving the 
speakers an opportunity to attend. The century meetings unavoidably 
had to cover the protracted meeting season, and each pastor had to be at 
his post in the annual protracted meetings. Dr. Shackelford had but little 
of his time occupied in the pastorate. I therefore looked forward with 
pride and pleasure to his strong help in nearly all the appointments, but 
alas! great and sore affliction in his family kept him away from all except 
about three. 

At nearly all the appointments I had valuable aid, but in a few I was 
almost alone, so far as public speaking was concerned. Upon the whole 
the meetings have been a signal success and of great interest and benefit 
throughout the bounds of the Association. I dare say that the sermons 
preached and the addresses delivered at these century meetings have 
provoked more thought and discussion for the past eight weeks about 
Baptist history in the last hundred years than for a Bcore of years previ- 
ous by the general membership of the Association. To recount the his- 
tory of our denomination and the goodness of God to us during the 
century was a fitting thing for the Association to do. Scores and hun- 
dreds who have listened to the thrilling accounts of the trials, persecu- 
tions and the wonderful growth under God in membership, influence and 
power, and all the enterprises fostered by the denomination, have, re- 
joiced that they are Baptists. 

I was employed for two months at $37.50 per month. Received from 
the Treasurer of the Association $35, balance due $40. 



Respectfully submitted, 

F. 

Report of Committee on Education. 



C. David. 



At every session of this Association a report has been made on the 
subject of education. Whether these reports, made from year to year, 
have made any impression on the minds of those who have read them 
in the Minutes, we Know not. Sometimes we have thought it doubtful 
whether many of our brethren have ever read them. We trust, however, 
that they have done some good, and that more interest has been created 
in the subject of education Dy the publication of these reports. In this 
report we do not design discussing the general subject of education, nor 
do we wish to show its importance. We believe that the great mass of 
our people realize that it is important to educate their children, and 
many of them are striving to do it. They are conscious of the fact that 
if they wish their children to keep up with the progress of the world, 
and. become anything in the world, they must educate them. 

What we wish to do in this paper is to show the importance of denomi- 
national education, and the duty of maintaining denominational schools. 



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As soon as Baptists were peh cted to preach their doctrinal witttoUt 



the fear of the jail, the whippin 
organize schools — first to educate 
their children; Brd.wn UnlverAit 
first Baptist college in tne UriiL 
schools were also organized — Hop 
Other high schools were organs 
educate preachers. Afterwards o 
that it was necessary to have sch 
own children if they wished to p' 
to work and founded schools, on 
Baptist college or university in V 



post and death, they commenced to 
young ministers, ana then to educate 
, jiow at Providence*. R L, was. the 
States, founded in 1764. Some high 
.veil Academy, In SeW Impf, in 17». 
d. The object of all, at first, WW to 
r fathers saw, or thought they saw, 
ols in which they could educate their 
*erve them to the Baptist. They went 
after another, until now we have a 
jost every State in the Union, and in 
some two or more, and quite a lat e number of high schools and acade- 
mies. Let me call your attention to a few facts, as to what Baptists have 
done in the way of education in r little more than a century. We have 
in the United States seven tb logical seminaries, with sixty-seven 
instructors and one thousand and 'ixty-one students. We have ninety- 
four universities and Colleges, . .th fifteen hundred and ninety-four 
instructors and twenty-two thousa d four hundred and sixty students, 
of which one thousand four hum .ed and sixty-two are students for the 
ministry. We have seventy ^eighi -> -ademies, high schools and institutes, 
With ten thousand and fifty<nine tnipils, The entire value of property 
devoted to education is $27,387,77 , with an endowment of $16,190,931. 
This is what was reported two yeans ago. Why all this? Why have 
Baptists put so much money in t >ese various institutions of learning? 
We have now, and have had. State ^hoo's and universities, private high 
schools and colleges, and schools of l < .gh order, belonging to other denomi- 
nations, and there are Christian hools, that can give our children all 
the education they need, and some of them at cheaper rates than our 
schools can give. Our fathers, who commenced building Up our denomi- 
national schools, thought that it was necessary to the welfare and progress 
of the denomination that they should have these schools, and to nave 
them they gave their money, time and labor cheerfully. Were they right 
Or wrong in their opinions? Hav« there been any developments in these 
recent years along the educational line that teaches us that these grand 
and good men, who founded these institutions of learning, were too 
narrow-minded, and did not look i fc the matter right? Let us see: It is 

lucateand to have schools of their 
Iy. In those States where Baptists 
tutions, they have grown the faster, 
of Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky. 
In these States the Baptists have i any denominational schools. A col- 
lege in Virginia, two or three iu Kentucky, and quite a number of 
academies and high schools. Th -e colleges and schools have been 
most potent factors in producing the growth of the denomination 
in those States. That growth h * been almost phenomenal. When 
we get ready to turn over to the Htate and to other denominations the 
education of our children, then we may prepare to see our church houses 
vacated and our members growing less every year and our influence, as a 
people, upon the religious thought c the country dwindle into insignifi- 
cance. It is all important that we maintain our denominational schools, 
universities and colleges, and high schools. They are necessary to our 
development as a denomination, and to our growth. We cannot do 
without them. The high school i just as important as the college or 
university. In tact it is more impci int. It reaches a larger number of 
our young men and young ladies, ov 
more extensive. We have in Alaba 
and the Baptists of Alabama si 
Howard College, at East Lake. 



a fact that when Baptists began to 
own they began to grow more rap 
have had the most educational in 
We refer particularly to the State 



boys and girls, and its influence is 
i some good denominational schools, 
Id patronize them. We mention 
n institution that has had many 



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reverses, but is now, we trust, on solid ground. It has no endowment, 
it is true, but it is out of debt, and if the Baptists of Alabama will pat- 
ronize it, as they ought, it will continue to grow, and in a few years it 
will be endowed. The Judson, at Marion, and the Central, at Tuska- 
loosa, are schools for girls and young women, and are worthy of patronage. 
Our own school, at Trinity, has had its reverses. Burned out at Danville, 
it has arisen again, at Trinity, occupying one of the most beautiful and 
suitable sites for a school in North Alabama. On a mountain with a 
grand view of the beautiful Tennessee Valley, with a salubrious climate 
and the purest water, it is just such a location that our fancy would 
select for an educational centre. It belongs to the Baptists, and they 
should appreciate its value and importance. This school appeals to the 
Baptists of North Alabama for patronage. It is not what you would 
have it to be, make it what it ought to be. Give your money to erect a 
larger building and to supply the school with such things as it needs. 
Send your sons and daughters to it. Help it along. It is weak; you 
can make it strong. Do not talk against it, but talk for it. If every 
Baptist in this Convention would say a third more for this school and 
try to get students to attend it, instead of speaking disparagingly of it, it 
would soon be full of pupils. If this school is an unnecessary thing, and 
we have no use for it, as a denomination, and we do not need a Baptist 
school in North Alabama, kill it. If we, as a denomination, are too poor 
to sustain it, and we cannot maintain a school of this character in our 
midst, let us give it up, and authorize the Trustees to dispose of it to 
the best advantage, and then let us say to the world we do not need a 
denominational school. But we cannot believe that the Baptists of the 
Muscle Shoals Association and the other Associations to which this school 
belongs are ready to say any such thing. We cannot but believe that 
you realize the importance of education to us as a denomination and in 
a denominational school, and we beg you to rise in your might, as a 
people, and as an Association, and say this school shall live. We will 
support it. We will give it our prayers, our patronage and our money. 

Jos. Shackelford, Chm'n. 



Institute Work. 

Your Committee on Institute Work, report with pleasure, that the 
work is progressing nicely all over the State, according to the Ala- 
bama Baptist, and the Semumizer, which Is the organ of the Institute 
Board. We have also conferred with Bro. G-. S. Anderson, the Super- 
intendent of the work, and who is also onr efficient lecturer on -'Ser- 
mon Building," or "Structure." We have in Alabama 1,250 ordained 
preachers. Only 594 are pastors, while there are 656 who are unem- 
ployed. Now, the object of the Board is to reach as many of these 
unemployed preachers as possible, and try to enlist them in the great 
work whereunto God has called them. Only about 130 of our 1,250 
preachers in Alabama have been helped by onr schools, leaving 1,125 
who have never had the logical training in the seminaries. The Board 
is trying to place within the reach of all our preachers some help in 
the study of God's Word, and the preparation of sermons. Now, 
brethren, when our State debt was cancelled sometime ago, the 
indebtedness of the Institute Board was overlooked Bro. Lewis 
gave $1,0<«0 to relieve the debt of this Board upon the condition that 
another $1,000 should be raised by the Baptists of Alabama. We 
recommend that this Association appropriate $50 to this Board. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. L 8TOCKTOW, 

M. Briscoe. 



18 

lU.ilntion*. 

Eld. Jos. Shackelford offered toe following preambles and resolu- 
tions, which, on motion, were a< pted : 

Whereas, Some of the Baptist Associations of North Alabama 
did, in 1893, establish the North Alabama Baptist Collegiate Institute 
and Normal School, and located it at Danville, Morgan county, Ala., 
these Associations being the Liberty, Muscle Shoals and Big Bear 
Creek; and 

Whereas, The large and commodious school buildings, with their 
contents, were destroyed by fire on December 25, 1898; and 

Whereas, The Board of Trustees, acting for these Associations, 
did remove said school to Mountain View, near Trinity, Ala , having 
received a donation of money and land from the kind people of Trinity 
and its neighborhood to do so ; and 

Whereas, Said school is now established at that place and la 
struggling for existence ; and 

Whereas, This Association is a part owner of said school and 
has in the past, and at every session since it was founded, expressed 
its sympathy for the school, and urged, from time to time, the Baptists 
of this Association to patronize it ; therefore, be it 

Resolved. 1 That we, as an Association, recognize the importance 
to the Baptists of North Alabama of this school, and believe that it 
patronized by our people as it deserves it will be of great value to 
them as a denomination. We therefore advise and urge our people, 
who have sons and daughters to educate, to patronize it when they 
have to send off to school. 

Resolved, 2. That we feel that a high school, such as our school 
professes to be, is of the greatest importance to us as a people ; and, 
while we are gratified at the bright prospects which now opens up to 
Howard College, and wish it the greatest success, and would urge all 
of our Baptist young men who wish a higher course than our school 
offers them, to go to the Howard. At the same time we most 
emphatically recommend our brethren who have boys and girls, who 
are not prepared for the Howard or any other school of higher grade, 
to send them to the Trinity School. 

Resolved, 8. That we realize the necessity for this school to have 
another building and school appliances, in order for it to do effective 
work. y» e therefore urge and advise our churches and our people to 
contribute liberally of their means to these objects when the agent of 
the Board shall call upon them 

Resolved, 4. That we are gratified to learn that Colbert Association, 
at its late session, accepted the visitation of the Board of Trustees 
of our school, to become associated with us in the support of the 
school, and elected a Trustee for the same. 

Resolved, 5. That we think this school ought to be the school for 
North Alabama Baptists. Therefore, we suggest to the Board of 
Trustees that they make a proposition, similar to that made to the 
Colbert Association, to all the Baptist Associations in North Alabama, 
not already affiliated with us, say in the counties of Lauderdale, 
Marion, Winston, Calhoun, Marshall, Jackson and Madison, to co- 
operate with us in the support and building up of said school. 



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19 



Ministerial Education. 

The subject of ministerial education was again taken up and pledgee 
called for. The following pledgee were made: 

PLEDGES FOB MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 



Bethel Church. $ 1 00 

Enon 1 50 

Hillsboro 1 00 

Macedonia. 1 00 

Town Creek 5 00 

Trinity 5 00 

W. H. Simpson „.. 5 00 

$19 50 



Central Church, N. Decatur..$50 00 

Harmony 2 00- 

Hartselle 1 00 

Pleasant Hill 2 5fr 

O. F. Wright 2 00 

W. T. Cobbs. 1 00 



$58 50 
19 50 



Total $78 00- 



as your Executive 
G. Lynch, J. W. Gib- 
Buck, J. H. Hargrove, 
er, W. D. Irwin,. 



Walk 



Nominations. 

The Committee on Nominations made the following report, which was 
adopted: 

Your Committee on Nominations would su; 
Committee the following: Jno. A. Thomason, 
son, G. H. Hughes, Dr. J. M. Kitchens, W. C. 
A. W. Bailey, J. G. Orr, W. H. Simpson, A. J 
Treasurer. 

As the Board of Ministerial Education the re-election of the old board. 
(See names on page 2 of cover.) 

To fill vacancies in the Board of Trustees of our school at Trinity: Jos. 
Shackelford, Dr. J. M. Kitchens and T. W. Williams. 

Preacher of the Introductory Sermon and alternate: Elder Jos. Shack- 
elford and L. A. Wear. 

The place for the next meeting of the Association, Lebanon church in 
1901. 

R. B. Day, ) 

G. W. Habgett, [• Committee. 

J. I. Stockton, J 

The Association, by vote, agreed to meet with the Lebanon church, 
Morgan county, on Thursday before the first Sabbath in October, 1901. 

State of Religion. 

The report on the State of Religion was read by Bro. J. D. McClan- 
ahan and adopted, as follows: 

Tour Committee on State of Religion report as follows: We find 
from the reading of the letters from the churches, in number 36, that 
these has been an increase by baptism over that reported last year. 
The number reported is 147. We are glad to report that there baa 
been a great demonstration of the Spirit and power of God in oar 
midst in the conversion of many precious souls, and many of our 
churches have been gloriously revived and spiritually built up. We 
furthermore report that the Lord has graciously blessed the labors of 
our missionaries. 

We are sorry to report that some of our churches are weak, religi- 
ously and financially. Some are without pastors Many of them do 
not report a Sunday School or prayer meeting. If our churches will 
follow the example of the first church, at Jerusalem, by assembling 
the first day of the week, and hold some kind of religious service, ft 



20 



woul< not be long until there would be a great outpouring of the 
Spirit , which will win us to a high state of Christian living and 
giving. Respectfully submitted, 

J. D MCCLANAHAN,) 

Marion Briscob, > Committee. 
John L. Richey, J 

Report on Deceased Ministers. 

The report on Deceased Ministers was read by Bro. R. T. Wear 
and adopted, as follows: 

Your Committee on Deceased Ministers, with sadness, report the 
fact that death has invaded our ranks and removed from our midst 
two of our brethren in the ministry— Brethren J R. Black man, of 
Court land, Ala., and J S. Gibson, of Mt. Hope, Ala. We also note 
the death of Bro. Willis P. Orr, who, though not a minister, was for 
many years a prominent member of this body. We bow in submission 
to the will of God, praying his blessings upon the bereaved families, 
and trusting that the hand of Providence will direct them, and en- 
able them to see that God doeth all things well. 

Respectfully submitted, 



R. T. Wear, i camm\ttap> 

Jamks Ratxtfitk, S lonumm 



Committee on Documents called for. No report. 

The Committee on Finance made their report, which was adopted. 
(See table ) 

Report of Treasurer called for. Bro. W. D. Irwin, the Treasurer, 
being present, stated that on leaving home he thought he had his re- 
port in his pocket, which was made out, but discovered afterwards 
that he had left it. It was ordered that he send his report to the 
Executive Board, and they were authorized to pass upon it and have 
it spread upon the minutes. 

Messengers to Other Bodies. 

Bro. W. T Cobbs was appointed a messenger to the Cullman Asso- 
ciate n. . 

On motion any brother in good standing with his church, in this 
Association, is authorized to represent this body in any of the Asso- 
ciations with which we correspond, namely, Liberty, Big Bear Creek, 
Colbert and Florence. 

To State Convention— E. D. Stephenson, R. T. Wear, A. G. Spinks, 
W. " '. Quisenberry. 

(b • tthern Baptist Convention-rBro Jno. A. Thomason was elected, 
with 2 D. Stephenson alternate. 

Resolutions. 

THANKS. 

R 7. Wear offered the following, which was adopted: 
B olved, That this Association tender to the brethren and sisters 
of V t. Pisgah Church; also to the good people of Flint and surround- 
ing community, our sincere and hearty thanks for their generous hos- 
pitality during the sittings of this body. 



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21 

THANKS TO MODEBATOB. 

A. G. Spinks offered the following, which was adopted: 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Association are tendered Jndge 
Simpson for the earnest, honest, dignified and impartial way in which 
he has presided over the Association. 

PRINTING MINUTES AND CLBBX'S FEB. 

Bro. B. T. Wear offered the following, which was adopted: 
Besolved, That^the Association pay the Clerk the usual fee for his 

services, and that he have 1,000 copies of the minutes printed, and 

that he superintend the distribution of them. 

DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS. 

Bro B. T. Wear offered the following, which was adopted: 

Besolved, That we leave to the wisdom of the Executive Board the 
division and distribution of the funds that may be on hand, after the 
instructions of the churches are carried out. 



Sunday Services. 

The Committee on Devotional Exercises made the following report 
for services on Sunday: 

9 a. m.— Sunday School Mass Meeting, to be conducted by Bro. 
C. G. Lynch. 

11 a. m.— Sermon by Bro. J. Gunn. 

2 p. m.— Sermon by F. C. David. 



Sunday Schools. 

ft The Committee on Sunday Schools made the following report, which 
was adopted: || 



In our report on Sunday Schools, we shall report only the pupils, 
not the teachers, as the teachers are expected to be church members, 
not learners. Last year, out of 36 churches, 24 reported Sunday 
Schools, with a membership of 866. This year, out of 28 churches, 20 
report Sunday Schools, with a membership of 1,033, and only eight out 
of the number without Sunday Schools. So the per cent, of Sunday 
Schools is increasing. But we are afraid the majority of the mem- 
bership of this Association do not appreciate the importance of the 
Sunday 8chool work as auxiliary to the church. It is commanded of 
God that we teach the children, and show how he rewards and pun- 
ishes man for the good or evil he does. Look in Deuteronomy, vi. 7, 
and see tow old the Sunday School is. 

We have looked up the baptisms in all the different churches, and 
find 118 baptisms in the churches with Sunday Schools, and 27 in 
those without Sunday Schools. These figures tell a story of the effect 
of instilling the truths of the Scriptures into the young mind. We 
would warn teachers and superintendents against too much reliance 
on literature. It is the Word of God that sinks into the soul, and 
springs up and bears fruit unto eternal life. 

Bespectfully submitted, O. F. Wright. 



Coipertage Work. 

Ve, your Committee on Colportage, ask to submit the following: 
?e are sad, indeed, to note that after this important subject has 

t» n so frequently and earnestly agitated, that this year nothing baa 

be* n done, whatever, in the way of colportage work 

brethren it is a fact that we live in a day when all ages, and espe- 

«' Jy the young, read The literature thrown into their hands is the 

' ss they'l read, digest, and 

taeir minds 



that will make lasting impressions upon 



As Christians, we recommend that good, wholesome, Christian 
literature be afforded them 

Vs Baptists, realizing that we have the Truth, we urge the import- 
«l "O of distributing our own literature, published by our Boards and 
S oieties We further recommend that a Colporter, full of the Holy 
C >ost, and zeal for the cause, be put in the field, that he may, 
t -ether with visiting the homes of the people, and preaching to them 
w on congregated, meet the vile influence of those who invade our 
i nks and pour out their venomous heresies. Thus souls may be 
a akened to accept Christ, drooping spirits in the church revived, 
an 1 Christ's name glorified through this avenue of great work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

M BRI8COB. 

Temperance. 

The following report on Temperance was read and adopted : 
The subject of Temperance is one of great importance. Temper- 
ance is a virtue in youth, a supporter of pleasantness in the home, 
■elevating to the morals of society, and the source of many joys not 
known to the inebriate, who finds existence a burden, from which he 
seeks relief in the soothing oblivion which the stupifying cup affords 
hit a. The wine cup produces evils far beyond those which arise from 
th- neglect of duty. The maddening demon within the drunkard's 
bosom and brain often drives him to the commission of acts over 
wl ich he himself weeps, and would give worlds, if he had them, 
•cc ;ld he recall the acta and wipe out the shame God claims dominion 
•£ ^r all, and he has declared that no drunkard shall inherit the 
Ik. lgdom of Heaven We should guard against intemperance as we 
would against having our eyes put out or our hands cut off. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. L. RlCHEY, ) 

W. J Briscoe, > Committee. 

Jonathan G Orb,) 



w. 



1899. 


Oct 


2, 


Oct. 


2, 


Oct. 


2, 


Oct 


2, 


Oct 


9, 


Oct. 


SI, 


Nov. 


18, 


Nov. 


18, 


Nov. 


18, 


1900. 


Jan. 


30, 


April 


18, 


May 


28, 


June 


5, 


Oct. 


3, 


1899. 


Oct 


2, 


Oct. 


2, 


Oct. 


2, 


Oct. 


2, 


Oct. 


2, 


Oct. 


2, 


Oct. 


2, 


Oct. 


2, 


Oct. 


2, 


Oct. 


2, 


Nov. 


24, 


1900. 


May 


12, 


May 


28, 


June 18, 


June 29, 


July 


21, 


Aug. 


9, 


Sept. 


10, 



Treasurer's Report. 
D. Ibwin , Treasurer, 

In account with Muscle Shoals Association. 

To amount on hand as reported last Association. $108 98 
To amount received from Finance Committee .. 373 18 

To amount rec'd from Courtland Church fund.. 16 00 
To amount 8. 8. collection from F. C. David ... 1 76 

To amount from W. H. Mustin for Missions 2 00 

To am't from Town Creek Church for Missions 2 30 
To am't from G. W. Rand and wife for Missions 2 00 
To am't from J. D. Hagood and wife for Missions 50 
To am't from James Campbell for Missions 50 

To cash from Falkville Church for Missions 25 00 

To cash from Pleasant Grove Ch. for Missions.. 1 75 

To cash from Moulton Church 31 25 

To cash from Harmony Church for Missions ... 2 15 

To cash from Frank Owen, bequest 20 00 — $587 37 

Ca, 

By cash paid W. E. Wright $ 10 00 

By cash paid J. D. McClanahan 20 00 

By cash paid J. O. A. Pace 24 60 

By cash paid Ministerial Board 38 97 

By cash paid Joseph Shackelford, clerk's fee... 25 00 

By cash paid Ministers' Institute Board 31 15 

By cash paid Vera Shoemaker on salary 40 00 

By cash paid State Mission Board 54 32 

By cash paid Home Mission Board 18 78 

By cash paid Foreign Mission Board 52 68 

By cash paid for printing Minutes 40 00 

By cash paid for stamps and stationery 50 

By cash paid Foreign Board 36 00 

By cash paid J. D. McClanahan 10 00 

By cash paid J, L. Richey 22 50 

By cash paid Center Grove Church 15 00 

By cash paid J. L. Richey 20 00 

By cash paid F. C. David 35 00— $494 50 

By balance on hand $ 92 87 



— 



The Association having compl* ;d its business, on motion it 
adjourned, to meet with the Leban< Baptist Church, on Thursday 
before the first Sabbath in October, 1901. 

After singing a parting song and giving the parting hand, prayer 
was made by Eld. J. Gunn, and the Moderator pronounced the Asso- 
ciation adjourned. W. H. SIMPSON, ModeraUrr. 

Jos. Shackelford, Clerk. 

Sunday b vices. 

Sunday morning opened with rain, ud it rained the greater part of 
the day, which lessened the congreg tions very materially. Services 
were held, however, as appointed: nday school mass meeting, led 
by Bro. C. G. Lynch; preaching a 11 a. m. by Bro. J. Gunn, and 
preaching at 2 p. m. by Bro. F. C. >avid. 

A small collection was taken up, amounting to $2.84, which was 
turned over to Bro. David, for the Institute Board. 






♦ •. 






♦ 





REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE, 


1900. 








CHURCHES, 
SUNDAY SCHOOLS 

PUBLIC 
COLLECTIONS 


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Central, New Decatur... 


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$39 23 


«. 


543 49 


t. 

5 00 
5 00 


•240 23 ( $. 


$10 00 
10 00 


• -.. 

18 00 
8 00 

15 20 
1 86 
450 
500 
60 
1 00 
600 
5 00 

20 00 

12 00 

"'"fob" 


$12 29 


$- 


$17 46 


$24 12 


«- 


$63 40 


$ 1 76 
30 










10 11 




2 50 


2 15 


2 00 

2 50 
2 00 










60 


6 36 






24 31 


1 00 




6 14 


3 86 




33 60 


1 00 

2 00 










1 00 


Macedonia (. If ) 


60 




60 




76 
2 60 




2 50 




1 00 






-,...m. 




50 


liiinwi 


umnu 


■••••*•<•«• 


• ■■ ••■>•* 


60 


Mt. Nebo (F)., 

Mt. Nebo(Jf) 

























Mt. Hope 




6 00 


1 00 


Mt. Pisgah __ 




10 00 



















237 


1 66 


36 89 

•J— 


15 












31 26 


2 60 








10 00 

5 00 


1 00 







66 


New Decatur, First .. 


aso 


6 00 


••■»•*••• 


13 52 




13 52 


2 73 




1 25 


New Centre. 








6 00 

6 00 
16 86 

436 

7 60 
275 

6 00 
16 00 

"Tib 

6 00 
16 75 




60 










1 00 


6 35 


60 
260 








35 














1 76 













1 







50 
35 




•■••••••> 








.... 


6 00 












60 


Shady Grove .. 






61 












2 60 


6 00 


7 36 


6 00 


600 













Trinity 


1 00 




1 00 




1 00 






Shoal Creek 


...I..1M 


....... 




••••*■•"•■ 


60 


Falkville. 





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1 60 
60 


New Prospect „ 


«.. 


:••• 


.■*..».. 


• ••••«•* 


•.•■•.*.•.» 


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3.00 
460 

""ioob 

200 

1 60 

2 60 

"Too 








50 
50 







60 


Austinville 












60 









1 00 







""4» 
24 01 

$29 91 




60 


Blue Spring „ 

Cherry Hill 













60 






1 86 


Public Collections 





"Too 






Total 


f 984 


•68 08 $ 1 60 $67 12 


119 26 


1320 35 


$12 73 $27 00 


•220 55$29 14 


$34 50 $28 80 


$26 49 


$114 60 


$24 37 



Touchers were received from Central, New Decatur, for $15.00 for Indigent Ministers, $12.29 for A. B. T. 8., $26 28 tor Howard 

College, and $50.00 for Central College. These Touchers are not included in the sum total of the following recapitulation. If they were, 
the sum total would be $1,127.80. 







RECAPITULATION. 



Your Finance Committee offers the following report, which will show 
the sum total received from the churches for the various objects, and 
the vouchers. The cash, amounting to 1346.60, we have paid to the 
Treasurer: 

Rkckiykd tor Gash 

State Missions $ 9 84 

Home Missions 1 50 

Foreign Missions 19 25 

Ass~"iational Missions 220 55 

Ministerial Education 34 50 

Ministers' Institute 12 73 

Orphans' Home 29 91 

Minutes , 24 37 

Colportage Work 



Vouchus 


Total 


$ 58 08 


$ 67 92 


67 12 


68 62 


320 35 


339 60 


29 14 


249 69 


28 80 


63 30 


27 00 


39 73 


114 60 


144 51 




24 37 


26 49 


26 49 



$352 65 $671 58 $1024 23 

Cash paid Treasurer .$346 60 

Cash from Cherry Hill Church since meeting, in hands of Clerk .. 8 00 
Collections on Sabbath, paid F. C. David for Institute Work i.. 2 84 



H. B. Irwin, 
John A. Thomason 
Geo. H. Hughes 



on, [ 



$357 44 



Committee. 



Note. — The Finance Committee made a slight mistake, paying Treas- 
urer more money than accounted for. — Clerk. 









Financial Exhibit of Muscle Shoals Baptist Association for Year 1900. 



CHURCHES 



MISSIONS 



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if 

f 






j 1 






Austinville .... 

Bethel , 

Bethany 

BelleTiew 

Blue 8prings. 

Cave Springs 

Central, New Decatur. 

Centre Grove , 

CherryJHill 

Danville 

Decatur, First 

Kaon 

Falkville 

Friendship 

Gum Springs (£) 

Gum Springs (Jf ) 

Harmony 

Hopewell;..... 

Hffiaboro 



Hartxelle 

Lebanon 

Macedonia 

Moulton 

MoultonTHeights . 

Mt. Hope 

Mt. Zion (L) 

Mt. Nebo (Jf) 

Mt. Nebo (F) 

Mt Pisgah 

New Hope 

New Prospect 

New Friendship . 
New Centre ........ 

New Decatur 

Okolona 

Pleasant Grove 

Pleasant HOI 

Kocky Creek- 

Salem 

Shady Grove 

Shoal Creek 

Town Creek 

Trinity] 



39 22 



10 00 



60 



10 00 



7 20 



43 49 



10 11 



60 



13 62 



1 00 1 00 



240 23 

"je Too 



6 00 



•18 01 
33 60 



76 
31 26 



2 50 



13 52 



1 76 



5 00 



1 00 



10 00 
8 00 



1 60 

2 00 
12 29 

"jj'eo 

18 00 



16 76 

"Too 

T6"l5 
15 20 

1 26 

460 

600 

60 

f5 00 
7 00 

20 00 

2 00 

6 00 

5 00 
12 00 

7 36 
4 60 

6 00 
6 00 



23 20 
4 36 
7 60 
2 76 



6 00 

1 40 

15 00 



24 12 



2 37 



EDUCATION 


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H 


11 

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¥ 



200 



27 46 



200 

J2 50 



16 35 
260 
260 

12 50 



5 00 
2 00 



7 73 
60 



2 60 



15 00 
2 60 



60 00 



I 60 



53 



24 31 



38 64 



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HOME EXPENSES 






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If 



25 
30 
00 

60 

"so 



50 
36 
50 
61 
50 



t 4000 
60 00 



1200 47 



60 00 

50 00 

100 00 



87 00 
200 00 



60 00 



129 20 



60 00 



700 00 



398 00 



31 26 



300 00 



300 75 



26 00 



32 00 



102 50 



1 95 



20 00 
J4 00 



J3 00 



TOTAL 



50 50 
60 00 



60 

2 00 

2 60 

2693 18 



8 00 
23 30 

412 00 

60 00 

181 60 



3 50 



12 76 

23 70 
89 25 

421 38 
8 60 
7 20 

109 75 

7 66 

26 00 

7 10 

6 00 

5 00 
171 36 
311 86 

6 00 
700 
6 60 

84 13 

24 06 
6 10 

10 60 
306 
6 60 

58 51 
1 90 

30 00 
6 60 



400 00 

300 00 



300 00 

300 00 

6000 00 

400 00 

250 00 

1000 00 

3000 00 

7O0 00 

500 00 

250 00 

60 00 

60 00 



400 00 
1600 00 

1000 00 
300 00 
300 00 

1000 00 
300 00 



250 00 
260 00 
700 00 
800 00 
300 00 
260 00 
300 00 
250 00 
850 00 
800 00 
450 00 
400 00 
160 00 
200 00 
670 00 
100 00 
800 00 
500 00 



Total <67 92J$68 62 $357 61 1249 69 226 49 $104 03 $60 00 $120 60 $24 37 $2016 67l$1367 25 $ 488 50 f 4941 30 $ 26,620 00 

• Women's Aid Society. f Sunday School. J Institute Board. | In memory of Mia Glen ©it, by her lather. 

Bkmabkb by thk Clmx.— The column Ministerial includes amount given for Ministerial Education, as well as for Ministers' Institute 
The clerks of ch arches (except a few) will not report pastors' salaries, hence we cannot give a true account. Some churches report m 
etters money sent to Association and sent off, yet the amounts do not appear in Finance Committee's report and do not appear in this table. 



STATISTICS OF MUSCLE SHOALS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1900. 



CHURCHES 



COUNTY 



PASTOR 



CLERK 



CLERK'S 
P08T OFFICE 



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Austiuville 

Bethel 

Bethany 

Belleview 

Cave Spring 

Central, New Decatur 

Centre Grove 

Cherry Hill 

Blue Spring 

Danville 

Decatur, First 

Enon 

Friendship 

Falkville 

Gum Spring 

Gum Spring 

Harmony 

Hillsboro 

Hartselle 

Hopewell 

Lebanon 

Macedonia 

Moulton Heights... 

Monlton 

Mt. Hope 

Mt. Zion 

Mt. Nebo 

Mt. Nebo 

Mt. Pisgah 

New Hope 

New Prospect 

New Friendship .... 

New Centre 

New Decatur, 'irst. 

Okolona 

Pleasant Grove 

Rock Creek 

Salem 

Somerville 

Shady Grove 

Shoal Creek 

Pleasant Hill 

Town Creek 

Trinity 



Morgan 

Morgan/. 

Lawrence . 
Lawrence . 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Franklin ... 

Morgan 

Morgai 

Morgan 

Lawrence .. 
Lawrence . 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Lawrence .. 
Lawrence .. 
Lawrence .. 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Morgan , 

Morgan 

Lawn uce .. 
Law.ence .. 
Lawnnce .. 
Fran! lin..... 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Lawrence .. 
Lawrence .. 

Morgan 

Morgan....... 

J organ 

Lawrence .. 
Lawrence .. 

Morgan 

Lawrence .. 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Lawrence .. 
Morgan 



Marion Brisroe 

J. I. Stockton 

No report 

None 

James Roan 

W. Y. Quisenberry. 

W. J. Briscoe 

John T. Thompson . 

J. K. Roan W.J. Weaver. 

M. Briscoe George W. Lindsey.. 

None iL. R. Day 

J. D. McClanahan J. T. Wallace 

E.W. Roden 



M. R Berry 

J. C. Love 

J. W. Owen 

W. R. Crow 

W. T. Collier 

John A. Thomason .. 

J. A. Crawford 

E. R. Richeson 



W. T. Oobbs K. L. Hays 

No report E.J. Pannell 

None W. H. Muston .. 

L. A Wear John S. Howell 

T. H. Johnson IW. A. Aycock.... 

J. G. Lowery E. P. Johnson..., 

J. D. McClanahan tK. H. Orr 

W. J Briscoe , 

J. I. Stockton 

J. Gunn 

Joseph Shackelford.. 

B T. Wear 

J. M. Roberts 

R. T. Wear 

M. Briscoe 

F. M. Yeargen 

J. L. Richey 

J. J. Churchwell..... 

J. E. Roan 

W. E. Wright 

T. V. Shoemaker 

L. A. Wear 

J. J. Churchwell 

J. E. Weaver 

L A. Wear 

J. E. Weaver 

J. I. Stockton J. A. Moore 

No report J. L. Wright.. 

J. Gunn Q. W. Russell. 

R. T. Wear John N. Jackson . 

J. 1. Stockton B Gillentine. 



H. J. Thomason. ...... 

J. S. Brumbelow 

U. 0. Hall 

H. B. Irwin 

George W. Jackson... 

J. H. Butler 

George W. Hargett... 

B. B. Gibson 

H. A. McClelland 

M.H. Crow 

M. A. Masterson 

W. J. Blankenship ... 

R. L. Henderson 

V. Smith 

R. L. Bond 

M. C. Bragg 

J C. Allison 

H. E. Weatherwax... 



New Decatur 

Hartselle 

Town Creek , 

Crow 

Priceville (, 

Decatur , 

Ryan , 

Waco 

Florette 

Danville 

Decatur 

Jeeseton 

Basaham v .„ 

Falkville 

Hartselle 

Hatton „ 

Hillsboro „ 

Hillsboro 

Hartselle 

Danville 

Falkville 

Flint :.. 

New Decatur 

Moulton 

Mt. Hope 

Edmond 

Hargetts Mills ... 

Massey 

Flint 

Courtland 

Leandereville 

Somerville 

Somerville 

New Decatur 

Hatton 

Moulton 

Lawrence Cove... 

Moulton 

Somerville 

Neal 

Somerville 

Trinity 

Mt. Hope 

Trinity ... 



76 
44 

31! 

13 
112 
28 
30 
46 
49 
36 
139 
37 
60 
79 
49 
74 
71 
66 
80 
87 
46 
37 
44 
64 
47 
64 
72 
96 
69 
30 
6 
34 
73 
117 
86 
61 
43 
30 
60 
41 
90 
179 
61 



21 



22 



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11 

4 



7 

11 

6 



11 

3 



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W. H. Lawrence, Hartselle . 



John A. Thomason, Decatur . 



J. A. Lipham, Danville... 
W. W. Garnett, Decatur. 



E. L. Hays, Falkville., 



G W. Bond, Hatton 

H. A. Bragg, Pitt 

A W. Bailey, Hillsboro 

Dr. J. M. Kitchens, Hartselle. 



Sam Nunn, Cedars 

John H. Short, Flint 

W. M. Ballard, Now Decatur . 

T. J. Ainsworth, Moulton 

Wallace Wear, Mt Hope 



John W. Gibson, Flint 

A. E. Harris, Courtland , 

G. M. Wear, Landertville 

W. J. Blankenship, Somerville. 

J. N. Holloway, Somerville 

J. 0. Lance, New Decatur 



J. P. Pearson, Wren. 
J. T. Henderson 



C. M. Livingston, Neal. 



A. Y. Stewart, Simpson... 
J. U. Tubb, Landersville. 
W. R. Frazier, Trinity ... 



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] Th is School suits boys wh( i ng t< 

College r irho axe not prepra to enter Colleg ■ <a-- - 

', Tho.-- oung men who are unprepared for the duties 
life, and yet are ^noi able to enter College, but can he prepared 
here either for or the itions of life at 

smri] cost 

3; Young girls whose parents wish to give them a thorough 
ooadebaic education ai reasonable cogL 

This is a Baptist School, -and located at a healthy place. It 
:u;:venient to the Railroad Depot — just one mile — and six 
miles from Decatur. It is on a mountairl with most. excellent 
water and pur lir. 

TERMS PER MONTH. 

ftiBgs^y Department, $1 ^ . Preparatory ..$1.50 and - 

GHunrnM" School .. ^2.0 o $2.25 Academic -2.50 to $2.75 

Ooifegiate...., . *3.0Oto $3.25 Music 

incidental Fee .20 of Instrument... 

.Bookkeeping 00 

j^kmrdy $8.00. Everything furnished except lights, tov 
which niu.- be furnished by the studem : 



an enter at any time. P 
24, 1901. 

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nformatioBj apply to the:Pr*siden: 

Rev, JOS. SHACKELFORD, 

TRINITY, ALA.